Smart homes are the next revolution in technology. With gadgets making homes more connected and smart being released since the last few years, it is now possible to have a completely connected home while cutting down on your electricity bills and making your home a more secure place. However, if you have no idea what is a Hue or what is a Nest, then keep reading for more.
Nanoleaf Aurora + Rhythm
if you are looking for a smart lighting setup that is different from Philips Hue, then look no further than the Nanoleaf Aura. The modular lights may not be as practical as the Hue setup, but the Aura comes as a setup of triangular bulbs that you can attach to each other to make different shapes. They are a great option for ambient lighting solution. They also have a sound sensitive rhythm mode. So, if you are planning to fall asleep fast, or you are in the mood for a party, the Aura can be a better choice than a Philips Hue.
Ikea Trådfri smart lighting
The Trådfri range is classic Ikea: simple, good value and strangely addictive. It does not have the ecosystem of Philips Hue, but it is a great starter kit with a smartphone app and everything. It will give you the taste of smart lighting without having to break your bank.
Google Home Mini
A minimalistic setup is the Google Home Mini. The connection to Google obviously gives this smart speaker a lot of advantages when it comes to controlling your connected smart home gadgets. Google, here, is fiercely rivalled by Alexa and surely Alexa has more skills than Google Home, but if you are invested in Google Services and your home works well with Google’s Assistant, then the Google Home Mini is a safe bet.
When you have a connected home, you should also get yourself a decent Wi-Fi router. Google Wi-Fi is another gadget that you can have if you are invested in Google’s Services. It will make your old router look like a dinosaur.
Netgear Arlo Pro
Smart home just does not mean convenience. It also means a secured home. The Arlo Pro from Netgear is a weatherproof camera that you can mount anywhere in your home, or even outside. It is connected to the web and saves videos of seven days for free. It shoots in 720p and comes with a pretty easy setup. The best part is that it comes with IFTTT integration too. All of these make it one of the best security cameras on the market.
Amazon Echo Dot
One of the best bargains in tech right now is the Echo Dot from Amazon. This is the budget smart speaker from Amazon that can do all the things that the more expensive variants can do. At just $50, it’s almost too cheap. If you have any smart home systems at all then it’ll change the way you interact with them. If you listen to music at all then it’ll make you listen to more of it. And if you’re an early adopter who just has to try out gadgets at the forefront of new tech revolutions, you’ll fall in love with it so quickly that within days you’ll be unable to imagine life without it.
The grandfather of smart home lighting, Philips Hue, has evolved over the years to become a complete and connected lighting system. While it might be expensive, continual development means it gets smarter by the day, while broad support for other systems makes it appealing to anyone who wants to go the whole hog with their smart home. What’s more, the variety of bulbs and lighting solutions available makes it far more than just a gimmick, as does an excellent and very usable app.
Like Philips Hue is too smart lights, Nest is for thermostats. Not only this the best looking thermostat in the market, it is also the most functional one. The nest is very well automated, comes with user definable schedules and more. Also, with a well-designed app, Nest easily takes the top spot when it comes to smart temperature control.
Netamo is another security camera that you can own. it comes with a lot of storage and is a breeze to set up. the best thing about the netamo welcome is the massive amount of integration it offers, which also includes Apple Watch integration.
Tado Smart Thermostat
Tado is one of the most versatile heating systems on the market right now. Alone, the Smart Thermostat remains a good buy, giving you geofencing and a polished app with weather detection, smart scheduling and compatibility with Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit and IFTTT. But if you want to embrace the real benefits of smart heating, Tado also gives you the option of zonal control from its Smart Radiator Thermostats. While this can be a pricey initial outlay, it pays you back in heating savings and the ability to talk to your radiators.